Sunderland, Parker square off in quarterfinal

It's a defensive showdown between Jenks and Midwest City, highlighted by top safeties Steven Parker and Will Sunderland.

It only gets more interesting as the second round of the Oklahoma State playoffs begin Friday night. The first round saw some upsets, some breakout performances, more of the same should be expected this weekend.

Best vs. the best

It's the present vs. the future Friday night at Jenks (Okla.) High. In one corner is Scout 300 safety Steven Parker (Jenks), the top uncommitted prospect in the state.

In the other, is Scout 300 safety Will Sunderland of Midwest City (Okla.), a star on the rise for the Class of 2015.

Parker is a top target for a lot of schools, including in-state powers Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Sunderland, coincidentally, also already has offers from the Sooners and Cowboys.

It's a matchup of two of the best defenses in the state as well as one big reason why both schools are where they are is because of their stellar defensive group.

Parker has already made official visits to Arkansas and Texas A&M and has made three unofficial visits to OU this season.

A star is born?

It's too early to say Mustang (Okla.) High quarterback Chandler Garrett is the best in-state prospect for the Class of 2016, but he sure put his best foot forward in that direction last week.

On the road, trailing 27-17 in the third quarter, Garrett rallied the Broncos to a 44-37 victory at Norman (Okla.) North.

Garrett, a legit 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, has come a long way in a short period of time. Garrett will go against one of the state's best 2014 quarterbacks, Broken Arrow's Coleman Key, committed to Colorado State.

Broken Arrow also features Oklahoma State commits running back Devon Thomas and linebacker Gyasi Akem. But because of Mustang winning on the road this week, Broken Arrow comes to Bronco Stadium this week.

Road warriors

One road victory down, one more to go for Moore Westmoore. The Jaguars got receiving touchdowns from both of their receiving studs, Dahu Green (2015) and Deshawn Lookout (2016).

This next task, though, is going to be a tough one as Moore Westmoore will look to give undefeated Lawton its first loss.

The Wolverines are littered with talent, led by 2015 offensive guard Jalin Barnett. Senior running back Michael Warren has come out of nowhere to set the school record for rushing yards in a season and now has offers from Toledo and Washington State.

Player to watch

Looking at a lower classification and Clinton running back Marquiz Simpkins. Shaping up to be the state's best back for the 2015 class, Simpkins hasn't been 100 percent this season although it's tough to tell by the numbers.

Simpkins is averaging more than 10 yards per carry with 1,399 yards on 128 carries and 14 touchdowns and has taken unofficial visits to Kansas State, Nebraska and OU this season.

Clinton, after winning in overtime last week, plays at Poteau on Friday night.


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